Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok – How a heritage hotel became my favourite hotel for 2022
Have any of you heard of Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok? The truth is, I hadn’t heard of this name before this trip as I don’t usually review old hotels. That said, I will have to also admit that the renovated, revamped and revived Montien Hotel Surawong has become my favourite hotel for 2022.
It might not be the most luxurious hotel in Bangkok, but if I’m looking at it objectively in terms of the rooms, Thai hospitality, location and food options, Montien Surawong ticks all boxes and scores a distinction.
Revival of The Original
Montien Surawong is a heritage hotel with lots of stories to tell. To survive in this competitive market, a major renovation was done to target the millennials and Generation Z. Their “Revival of The Original” programme has sustainably upgraded most of the hotel’s operations and facilities. Montien Surawong is now a lifestyle hotel that captures the true essence of Thai hospitality.
The building of Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok involved leading architects and master artists of that era. The design aspirations of the renowned royal architect are still reflected in the uniquely “Thai” aesthetic of the building, which has always won plaudits from guests and Thai art connoisseurs. The facade of Montien Surawong might not be fancy, but the entrance sure looks fabulous with those light bulbs on the ceiling.
Staff at Montien are ever-ready to welcome and assist you with your heavy luggage as you proceed to have your check-in procedures done.
Retro meets modern in Montien Surawong, and it starts right from the lobby.
This is one classic Instagram spot that you mustn’t miss.
Junior Suite California King
Montien’s 343 rooms combine timeless Thai style with a contemporary attitude – all I can say is WOW at first glance. I love the bright and spacious room with well-coordinated colours.
The California King bed is enormous and can easily fit three adults!
The inclusion of universal plugs, USB ports and wireless chargers is a delightful touch.
There are stunning murals in both the lobby and the rooms by legendary Thai artist Paiboon Suwannakudt. Some traditional Thai wooden furniture, such as the armchair in the picture, is kept in the new room to ensure the old signature flair remains.
Ladies will spend a lot of time in the bathroom because of the vast space and the full-length mirror.
The junior suite comes fitted with Toto’s latest toilet bowl, and it greets me (automatically lifts the cover) when I enter the toilet.
You will enjoy the organic bathroom amenities by Charcoalogy™.
Montien Surawong is located in Silom / Sam Yan, in the vicinity of BTS Sala Daeng and MRT Sam Yan. It is also close to the famous Wat Hua Lamphong (seen in the picture) and the new Samyan Mitrtown, a major shopping mall with some 24-hr shops. MBK Center and Siam are also a 5-minute drive away if you manage to avoid peak hour traffic.
All rooms at Montien are spacious and come with the comfort and technology to satisfy today’s savvy travellers.
At Montien, you can feel a touch of Thai-ness everywhere, like this elegantly-restored Thai Pavilion overlooking the swimming pool.
The majestic Montienthip ballroom houses the original mural by legendary Thai artist Paiboon Suwannakudt.
Ruenton has hosted guests and celebrities for over 40 years, and they were recently named a Bib Gourmand restaurant two years in a row by Michelin Guide Thailand.
Ruenton serves authentic Thai-Chinese street food, and not to be missed is Signature Hainanese Chicken Rice. The fish maw soup is delicious too.
Phar-Ram IV Bistro
Phar-Ram IV Bistro by Chef Herve Frerard is an European-style cafe serving “pure and simple” French cooking that respects top-quality seasonal ingredients.
Every single dish that Chef Herve pushes out is on-point and delicious. It’s so good that I even returned for dinner another day and invited more friends down.
Montien Surawong serves the best croissant for a hotel’s breakfast and it’s no surprise since Chef Herve is the one heading the kitchen for pastries too. Amazingly delicious!
Khun Tik Ratsak is an icon of the Montien Hotel Surawong. Having worked at Montien for decades, be sure to take a photo with him!
Montien Surawong Hotel indeed provides top-quality accommodation, personalized customer experience and serves delicious food. It truly lives up to the name of “Spirit of Thai Hospitality”, and after experiencing the hospitality at Montien, you will surely look forward to returning soon.
Watch our BKK District Guide video – Surawong to check out what you can eat and shop during your stay here.
AroiMakMak.com is the brainchild of Wilber Suen. He is based in Singapore but loves Bangkok so much that he keeps returning. He loves travelling, eating, technology and has high standards for them. In his free time, he will be sourcing for new places to visit so that he can document and share. Try to catch him in Bangkok eating local dishes, enjoying aromatherapy spa or chilling at a rooftop bar.